What are the Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, refers to a blow or jolt to the brain that disrupts its normal function. These injuries can range from minor, like a concussion, to severe. According to The Center for Disease Control, each year about 1.7 billion traumatic injuries occur. Of these injuries, about 50,000 of them result in death.…

Questions to Ask When Meeting a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have sustained injuries from a car accident, there are two routes that you can usually take: you can trust the insurance company to provide you with the appropriate settlement or you can discuss your situation with a personal injury lawyer. Meeting with a personal injury attorney might be a new experience. Chances are,…

15 Common Terms in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal injury cases are lawsuits that cover all physical, financial, and emotional injuries caused by another person or party's negligence. No two personal injury cases are the same. However, there are common terms each individual will hear during a case. If you’re involved in a personal injury case, you might encounter the following terms: Affidavit:…

Nightclub Shooting Victims File Lawsuit

A crowded nightclub shooting in Cincinnati, Ohio has led to a lawsuit by 11 survivors. The incident happened at the Cameo Nightclub on March 26. They are claiming that the nightclub, the owner, and the property owner were negligent in protecting patrons in the attack that killed two people and injured 17 others. The lawsuit…

What is Premises Liability?

In personal injury law, premises liability cases deal with incidents that are caused by an unsafe or defective condition on someone’s property. Like many personal injury cases, premises liability cases are based on negligence. All property owners have obligations under local, state, and federal law. Property owners must make an effort to maintain a safe…

Club Owner’s Greed Leads to 2 Dead

  Nightclubs are places to go to have a good time, but they can also be very dangerous. The combination of youth, alcohol and lack of restraint can lead to fights. But it’s not just the patrons that are a potential problem. The people running the nightclub also contribute to the safety or danger of…

What Constitutes a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

  The death of a loved one is one of the hardest things a person may face in life. When this death could have been avoided, the pain becomes even more unbearable. Wrongful death refers to a situation when a person dies because of another party’s negligence or recklessness. A wrongful death lawsuit allows the…

How Serious Does an Injury Have to Be to File a Claim?

  If you have been injured in a car accident, by medical malpractice or at work, you may be thinking about filing a personal injury claim. The aftermath of an injury can be a very stressful time, so it’s important to know as much about the process as possible. A case settlement comes down to…

What To Do When You’re in an Accident with an Uninsured Driver

Car accidents happen. They’re an inconvenient, yet inevitable part of life. For this reason, almost every state requires drivers to have car insurance. However, with so many drivers on the roads, you will probably come across someone who doesn’t follow these laws. In fact, in the United States, 12 percent of drivers are uninsured. When…

How to Hold a Texting Driver Responsible for an Accident

Distracted driving is dangerous driving.  In the United States, the most common form of distracted driving is texting while driving.  Using a cellphone while behind the wheel is not only dangerous, it is illegal.  Forty-five states have laws prohibiting drivers from texting while driving.  This includes writing an email and using an Internet browser. Unfortunately,…

The Five Most Common Medical Malpractice Claims

When you seek professional medical help for a health concern, you expect to be taken care of. While most doctors and nurses do their best to provide their patients with quality care, mistakes still happen. In some cases, these mistakes have life-altering consequences for the patient. If a patient is not correctly treated, the medical…

How Social Media Can Affect Your Personal Injury Claim

Social media has become a fundamental part of modern life. According to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, over 60% of adults use some form of social media. Networking sites provide a space for people to share their experiences, post photos, and catch up with old friends. So what does this have to…

Hezekiah Sistrunk: One of Nation’s Distinguished Counsel

  Hezekiah Sistrunk: One of Nation’s Distinguished Counsel Hezekiah Sistrunk, of The Cochran Firm, has been selected to the 2016 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively…

The Cochran Firm Atlanta Selected to 2016 “Best Law Firm” List

Atlanta-based personal injury law firm of The Cochran Firm receives top tier ranking in U.S. News "Best Law Firm" list ATLANTA, GA – Nov 2, 2015 – The Cochran Firm is pleased to announce the Atlanta regional office has received a Tier 1 recognition in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News Best…

What Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Do For You

Personal Injury At The Cochran Firm, we understand a reluctance to speak with a personal injury lawyer about the accident that hurt you. Popular culture tends to shames people who file lawsuits. Clients often feel guilty about “making a fuss.” And many innocent victims never even imagine they have a case. Even among those people…

Your Consultation With Our Personal Injury Lawyers

Personal Injury Consultation After suffering an injury in an accident, most people have a lot of questions regarding their legal rights. However, most of these questions boil down to a single, larger issue: do I have a case? It’s impossible to make that determination from afar, without detailed information about the case. That’s why The…

Examining The Witnesses

Personal Injury Witnesses Most lawyers have a different style and approach to examining witnesses at trial. In personal injury cases, the lawyers have the ability to take the depositions of the witnesses that will testify at trial so that they know ahead of time what the expected testimony will be. However, even though witnesses have…

Presenting Your Evidence at Trial

Personal Injury Cases The presentation of evidence is the single most important aspect of trying your personal injury case. Remember, the judge will instruct the jury at the beginning and end of the case that the opening statement and closing arguments of the lawyers are not evidence to be considered in the case. Evidence can…

The Statute of Limitations

Statute of Limitations The statute of limitations is the time period that the law allows for asserting a claim. If a claim is not brought within the time period allowed by the statute of limitations, it will be barred. This means that even if you have a clear cut case against someone arising out of…

Understanding How the Case Gets Decided

How Are Personal Injury Cases Decided? In this modern age, television has provided most people with a general understanding of the court system and how the case gets decided at trial. Personal injury cases, are decided differently than criminal cases. In most jurisdictions, in order for a verdict to be rendered in a civil case,…

The Anatomy of a Law Suit

Personal Injury Lawsuits If you are currently involved in or contemplating litigation, you should understand how a law suit proceeds. Personal injury lawsuits begin with the filing of a Complaint or Petition by the plaintiff against one or more defendants. That complaint or petition sets forth facts and law supporting the plaintiff's claims. This complaint…

How Do You Know If You Have A Good Settlement Offer?

A Good Settlement Offer Most cases settle out of court before proceeding to trial. However, not all cases settle for what they should. Sometimes, the plaintiff ends up settling the case for a lot less than the case is worth. Other times, the defense pays a premium to resolve the case. How are you supposed…

What is Mediation?

Mediation During litigation, you may hear your lawyer refer to a process called mediation. Mediation is an informal method of attempting to settle the case. It is not a judicial proceeding and it is not binding on the parties. Here is how it works. Generally, one of the parties will suggest trying to mediate the…

Will My Case Likely Settle?

Your Personal Injury Case There are many factors which will determine whether your personal injury case will settle, or whether you will have to proceed to trial. Probably the most significant of these factors is the type of personal injury case involved. Generally, the more sophisticated issues and cases do not resolve early in the…

The Court System

The Court System In this country, the court system is generally divided into two types of courts, state courts and federal courts. Each state has the authority to create the different courts under its own system. However, in most states the system is made up of three levels of courts: the district or trial court,…

Defective Products Lawyers

Defective Products When you buy a product, you have certain rights as a consumer. The most basic is the right to be safe while using the item. Big companies have an obligation to design and manufacture safe products. When they fail in this obligation and you’re hurt by a shoddy product, you should speak with…

Dog Bite Attacks

Dog Bite Attacks Pet ownership can be a tremendously rewarding and relaxing experience. Owners who put in the time and effort necessary to properly train their dogs will have a loving, loyal companion and a true friend. However, the sad reality is that many owners don’t put in this effort. Dogs attack innocent people for…

Elements of a Personal Injury Claim

Personal Injury Claim The Cochran Firm's personal injury lawyers believe in honesty. We cannot promise you a positive result or specific monetary settlement from your suit. Such guarantees are completely unethical. Also, it's important to understand that personal injury laws vary from state to state. However, successful personal injury claims tend to possess the same…

How To Deal With Insurance Companies

Accident Lawyers While discussions about the importance of retaining an accident lawyer after your accident tend to revolve around potential legal actions, most accidents are resolved through the insurance system. The important thing to understand is that the insurance companies are looking out for themselves, not for you. They want to resolve your claim as…

Back Injuries Lawyers

Personal Injury Attorneys Low back pain (LBP), is one of the most frequent problems treated by spine physicians. Four out of five adults will experience LBP during their life. There are 24 vertebrae in three segments of your spinal column. The cervical spine has 7 vertebrae, the thoracic spine has 12 vertebrae and the lumbar…

Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

Spinal Cord Injury Each year, about 8,000 new spinal cord injuries are diagnosed. More than 80 percent of them are in men between the ages of 16 and 30. As many as 450,000 Americans live with spinal cord injuries. Car and motorcycle crashes, gunshot and knife wounds, and falls and sports injuries are the most…

Neck Injuries Lawyers

Neck Injuries The cervical spine begins at the base of the skull and contains seven vertebrae and eight pairs of cervical nerves responsible for controlling the neck, arms, and upper body. The vertebrae are bony and stiff with no ability to bend. The main joint between two vertebrae is made up of a large spongy…

Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI), can be defined as an acute, traumatic lesion of the neural elements of the spinal cord which results in temporary or permanent loss of sensation, motor deficit or bowel/bladder dysfunction. Because these injuries are usually permanent, they can be devastating in terms of the high costs…

Police Brutality

Police Brutality Attorneys Most police officers are committed and ethical. They work a difficult, life-threatening job, and their days are extraordinarily stressful. However, police officers also exercise a great deal of control over the lives of the people they interact with, and an abuse of this power is particularly egregious. The personal injury lawyers at…

Premises Liability Lawyers

Premises Liability Attorneys Property owners have certain obligations under local, state and federal laws. While these laws vary, the basic underlying fact of them is similar regardless of where you live: property owners have an obligation to keep their land and the buildings on top of it safe for authorized visitors and those with business…

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Nursing Home Abuse Placing an elderly loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility can be a heart-wrenching decision. Millions of families each year have to consider placing a parent or grandparent in a facility where their medical needs and day-to-day living needs can be met. We would like to think that the…

Defective Drugs Lawyers

Defective Drugs A defective drug is a prescription or over-the-counter medication that causes physical, psychological or emotional injury. These injuries may be a result of a defect in the drug, or because of incomplete labeling or insufficient warnings. Defective drugs can be either over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs. Sometimes it can take years to determine…

How to Choose a Personal Injury Attorney

Finding the Right Personal Injury Attorney The decision to hire a personal injury attorney is a crucial one. In this, one of the most difficult moments in your life, when you’re suffering the pain of your personal injury while dealing with the financial burdens associated with significant health issues, you need a true champion to…

Construction Accident Lawyers

Construction Accidents As a safe, responsible construction worker, you understand the dangers of your work site. You take the proper precautions, wear the right safety equipment and never take unnecessary risks that violate site safety protocols. Unfortunately, you can still end up suffering a significant injury while on the job, even though you did everything…

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury Accidents can have a wide range of consequences, some of them quite severe. Among the most serious and debilitating injuries the attorneys at The Cochran Firm see are traumatic brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can be broadly defined as any trauma or blow to the head that causes a…

Brain Injury Lawyers

Brain Injury Lawyers Every year, approximately two million people sustain a head injury. Most of these injuries are minor because the skull provides the brain with protection. However, over half a million head injuries each year require hospitalization. Injuries to the head are so common that almost everyone in their lifetime will sustain some form…

Burn Injury

Burn Injury Attorney If you have sustained a burn injury in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for damages including medical expense, lost wages, and personal pain and suffering. The best way to learn if you are able to seek these damages is by discussing your case with an experienced injury attorney. The…